Why I Give: 2014

Micheline Lopez-Estrada has a long held belief that no matter where they live, every person deserves to have access to the best possible healthcare services and facilities in their community. Her involvement with the hospital’s Foundation provided her with opportunities to be an integral part of the hospital’s continuing journey to improve access to care throughout Southern Maryland. “I know, too, that in addition to access, the hospital is always striving for excellence, safety and quality in all that it does,” Micheline said. “Over the years, I truly felt I have been a part of that continual improvement process and fortunate to be able to contribute in a way that makes a real difference in the services and facilities our community needs. That means a great deal to me.”

When Micheline sold the defense contract company she helped found, she and her husband, Joseph Lynch, decided to establish a charitable remainder trust for the hospital. Using this particular planned giving option allowed the couple to give a gift that will continue to help the hospital meet the growing healthcare needs of the Southern Maryland community. Their philanthropic investment in MedStar St. Mary’s is valued at $500,000. It is the largest gift from an individual in the hospital’s history. Micheline and Joseph chose to leave the trust funds as undesignated, confident the hospital will apply funds where needed most. “We can all make a difference in some way, be it large or small,” Micheline said. “My choice was to contribute for a better tomorrow through planned giving.”

Dominion Power presented MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital with $9,000 to implement an electronic medical record for Get Connected to Health patients and $3,239 to install new computers onboard the Dr. J. Patrick Jarboe Mobile Health Center. The MedStar St. Mary’s Get Connected to Health mobile health center provides primary medical care to underserved residents of St. Mary’s County.

The Ledo Pizza as corporate office in Annapolis donated $2,500 to MedStar St Mary’s Cancer Care & Infusion Services. The Leonardtown Ledo Pizza made the presentation to the hospital. The donation was the result of a month-long campaign by the company to promote awareness of various cancers and support charities.

Another donation to Cancer Care & infusion Services came from St. John’s School. The children proudly presented their school’s gift of more than $600. The donation was made in honor of St. John’s former principal, Pat Suit, who lost her battle with cancer.

The Leonardtown Business Association donated more than $1,300 to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. The group raised the funds during a special promotion on Pink Friday, as part of the First Friday celebration in Leonardtown during the October Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Thanks to the generosity of the Hospital Auxiliary, flat screen televisions will replace the outdated and bulky sets in every patient room later this year. Based on feedback from patients and guests alike, the Auxiliary voted to fund the $108,000 project to enhance the patient experience. When the televisions debut, so too will new patient education system. The energetic group of volunteers raises funds through a variety of avenues, including jewelry shows, purse sales, the annual holiday bazaar, a golf tournament and funds raised through the Auxiliary Gift Shop, among other outlets.